The Transportation Security Administration said it has received “fewer than 1,000” reports of violations in the more than two weeks since it began enforcing a federal requirement to wear masks when traveling.
The agency declined to provide a more specific number of reported incidents on Thursday. It is the first update on the number of violations since the order took effect this month.
But it interpreted the numbers as evidence of widespread “voluntary compliance” with the masking orders from TSA, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and President Biden.
The agency reports screening at least hundreds of thousands of air travelers daily, and said “millions of individuals” ride on bus, train and transit systems daily.
TSA said it is reviewing the reported incidents for possible citations and fines. That process allows individuals to request a formal or informal hearing to dispute the fine. It has said fines begin at $250 for a first offense and can grow up to $1,500 for repeated violations.
TSA said none of the incidents occurred at a TSA checkpoint. The reports include incidents “in aircraft, airports, on buses, passenger rail and in transportation hubs.”